A BUSINESS that has been in Ruthin for 40 years is not only moving, but expanding.

Smith Family Opticians, on 55 Well Street, is moving across the road to 39 Well Street.

The new shop will open on Monday, February 26.

Lorraine Roberts, dispensing optician, said: "My parents, who are now retired, started the business from scratch when I was three years old. I have very fond memories as a child of visiting Ruthin, especially the treats at the craft centre in their lunch hours.

Denbighshire Free Press: Work taking place at the new premises!Work taking place at the new premises! (Image: Lorraine Roberts)
"We have never strayed far from Well Street having started in the NFU building and when they needed the extra space, we moved across the road to where we are now at number 55, and now - it will be a switch back over the road to number 39.

"I started working for my parents full time when I was 22 and then my brother joined us when my parents semi-retired. 

Lorraine, who runs the business with her brother Kevin Smith, added: "We are very excited about expanding our business to enable us to have two consulting rooms.

Denbighshire Free Press: The business on the market The business on the market (Image: Lorraine Roberts)
"This will help us offer more services to the local community in eyecare which is going through lots of changes to support local hospitals and GP practices."


Smith Family Opticians also has a shop in Mold.

The business was founded back in the 19th century as J Saum & Co.

John and Barbara Smith became involved in 1975 and Kevin and Lorraine, the next generation, are working to take the business forward.

Cllr Anne Roberts, mayor of Ruthin, who will be there on opening day, said: "I was thrilled to be asked to open the new shop because it brings a really positive feeling to the town at present.

"I'm also pleased to recognise, albeit in a small way, the commitment given to Ruthin by the Smith Family, over many years

"Well done to them, and I wish them continued success in the future."